The Democratic Republic of Congo is a true frontier destination, a land of spectacular natural beauty and heart-wrenching human conflict. It is exactly the type of place that world-renowned photojournalist Brent Stirton has been drawn to his entire career. On this one-of-a-kind safari you’ll accompany Brent to the eastern border of this schizophrenic nation, delving deep into two national parks in search of two critically endangered subspecies of gorilla, passing through a flurry of noise, colour and culture on either side of the DRC-Rwanda border. The recipient of a plethora of awards for his photographic and humanitarian work, Brent will be on hand throughout this trip to provide a truly unique perspective on what you’ll witness both from behind your lens and with your own eyes.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Accompany multi-award-winning photojournalist Brent Stirton on a unique journey into the raw, wild side of the DRC.
- Spend two days tracking mountain gorillas accompanied by the rangers of Virunga National Park, made famous by Brent’s work with National Geographic.
- Ascend the 11,380 ft peak of Mount Nyiragongo, and sleep on the crater rim of this active volcano high above Virunga’s forests.
- Spend time in a tented camp on the idyllic Tchegera Island, the remains of a collapsed volcanic caldera within Lake Kivu.
- Board a ferry and travel the length of Lake Kivu – one of Africa’s Great Lakes – on your journey between the bustling Congolese cities of Goma and Bukavu.
- Venture into Kahuzi-Biéga National Park and become one of the few people to track eastern lowland gorillas in this seldom-visited corner of the DRC.
- Benefit from Brent’s decades of experience working in the field of investigative frontline photojournalism.
- Hone your own photography skills as you learn from Brent’s experiences covering wildlife, conservation and conflict around the world (including Virunga).
- Bookend your trip with drives through Rwanda, the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.
This transformative expedition is tailored for those with a desire to see the world differently.